What is it about?
Families were sometimes involved in the admission and discharge of patients from lunatic asylums. This article is based on patient case files from the Beechworth Asylum in northeast Victoria. Using the stories of actual patients, I show how families were involved with their admission and discharge and relate this to the present-day management of people with mental illness.
Photo by Nathan Wright on Unsplash
Why is it important?
Mental illness is a major health issue affecting individuals and their family relationships. In Australia, sufferers are no longer confined to institutions for years but are treated in the community, with families expected to provide care. I examine whether we can learn anything from the ways families were involved in care 100 years ago for patients in Beechworth asylum, Australia.
Read the Original
This page is a summary of: Lessons from the past: Family involvement in patient admission and discharge, Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, 1900-1912, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, February 2017, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/inm.12323.
You can read the full text:
The following have contributed to this page